I am a new rider and currently loving to ride my Giant roam 3 2013. I go on rides that are about 40km and was looking for a bike that could take me out on longer runs while staying light and comfortable. But the thing is that I also want to try my hand at touring, going out for a full weekend sleeping in hotels on the roads and eventually going out for weeks venturing out. The roAds I ride are 100% paved all the way even for when I will be touring. My question: Which of the bikes mentioned in the comments do you think is best and why? Or if you have even better bike ideas go ahead.
I think both bikes are great! But I think it'll come down to which bike is most comfortable for you. Try riding both and compare. I was also having a hard time deciding which bike to get. For me, it came down to Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5 or Specialized Roubaix 105. Since it was only $100 diff between the 2, i went with Cannondale because of full 105 components.For your price range, you also might want to look into Specialized Sectuer models. Those are comfortable bikes too. Whatever bike you choose, I'm sure you're going to love it! Ride safe and good luck!